HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my readers and followers.

As the sun set on 2016 and another magical Whitsunday evening brought the year to a suitable close, I sat ruminating on the current project, Book 4 in my Williams series which is occupying much time.


So it was a great thrill, and a confidence-boosting start to 2017 that on flicking through a weekend  paper I read a pleasing review by prominent Townsville journalist and reviewer, Mary Vernon, of Book 3 MELTED WAX.



Thank you Mary for taking the time to read and review this work with a positive and pleasing review (and of course stimulating sales!)

The three books I’ve  published to date – PAYBACK, PURI PURI and MELTED WAX – are available in printed copy directly from me via my website www.johnbellbooks.com or by download to your digital reader from Amazon www.amazon.com/author/johnbellbooks.

Print-on-demand copies are also available from Amazon.



John BellA special ‘thank you’ to those hundreds of people from PNG who have ‘liked’ my book blogs, and those who’ve clicked on www.johnbellbooks.com to check the books out.

Your interest provides fuel to the fire that keeps me writing. I’m now on Book 4 of my Williams Series, again a big PNG connection – no name yet – and all of you provide more incentive for me to push through the barriers that all authors encounter in their craft.

And let me talk for a moment about PURI PURI, Book 2 in the Williams Series

Being Kavieng born I know, as you do, that I’ve stretched author’s licence by linking ‘puri puri’ to an inherited gene. I’ve done so because it’s that deliberate bit of fiction on my part that lies at the very heart of the story.

It’s all about suspension of disbelief, and rolling with the concept.

On another point, I’m in the process of establishing a distributor in PNG for print copies of the books, to reduce the very expensive Australia Post cost of sending books to PNG.

All of my books are also able to be bought through Amazon, both as print editions, and as e-books, as well as print copies direct from me.  Click on the links below to find out more.

Thank you all once again, and for me now it’s back to the desk with renewed inspiration.

John Bell

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A bit more on the Montivideo Maru …

 Puri Puri is set around the 25th anniversary of its sinking.

The book’s scan0005Kavieng ceremony is a bit of author’s licence (I rely on that a lot!), based on our visit to Kavieng several decades later (2002) for the dedication of a plaque to civilians who lost their lives in those dark days of WWll.  The pic to the left shows the plaque, and Carol, Lincoln and I laying a wreath. My grandfather’s name, and one uncle’s name, are on that plaque.

In the book, Angie is sent to Kavieng to do a story on the sinking.  It’s there she meets Nick Williams, whose uncle George died on the ship.  The Nick-Angie relationship rapidly develops.



PERSONAL CONNECTION – I was born in Kavieng (a while ago) and my grandfather was one of some thirty prisoners garrotted on the wharf by the Japanese in 1944.  Now known as The Kavieng Massacre, concealed and obfuscated for many years.  Raden Dunbar’s book of that name details the lead up, the chilling event, and the subsequent investigations and war crimes trials.  (search Kavieng Massacre)

Kavieng is a laid back town in an idyllic location at the northern end of New Ireland, a few degrees south of the equator.  A tropical paradise where “even the dogs walk slow”, it’s hard to imagine it being the location of such horrors.


Author at fathers house on Enelaua island - taken 2002

Author at fathers house on Enelaua island – taken 2002 – massive Indian Mast trees in front

FURTHER CONNECTION – pre-war my father was a government medicalofficer, established a leper station near Kavieng on Enelaua Island.  In 2002 we found the Enelaua building he worked in and the Indian Mast trees he planted (d’you remember Jack and Jane doing that planting in Payback?)


Kavieng – 2002 memorial ceremony